Whether it’s National Junk Food Day or not, sometimes you just want to eat something that isn’t 100% healthy, right? Day in and day out, we’re told to eat salads, stay away from white carbs and sugars. Well, we’re throwing that out the door. These are the best junk food snacks in all of Los Angeles.
1.) Diddy Riese Ice Cream Sandwiches
926 Broxton Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90024
If you’ve lived in LA for more than a minute, you surely have either heard of Diddy Riese or hopefully have frequented it quite often for these delicious concoctions. Featuring fresh cookies on the outside and a generous smothering of some of the best ice cream around, these classic ice cream sandwiches are worth the wait.
2.) Ooey Gooey Fries
727 N Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Sure, Chego is known for their tasty rice bows, but a visit to this Chinatown spot wouldn’t be complete without ordering the famed Ooey Gooey fries. Beer battered, layered with a spicy sour cream, it also includes a cheesy trio of monterey jack, cheddar, and cojito along with a garnish of chilies, cilantro, and pickled garlic. This is junk food at its best.
3.) Office Burger
3229 Helms Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Whether you stop by the Culver City Father’s Office or the original Santa Monica location, there’s something terribly delicious about this burger. One might even say that it launched the gourmet burger in LA too. The burger, which is quite possibly the most loved burgers in LA, has grilled onions spewing from the sides, as well as arugula and blue cheese. The flavors will have you savoring each and every bite.
4.) Deep Fried Pop Tarts
532 Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Koreatown’s Beer Belly serves up quite a treat to go along with their craft beer selection. The Deep Fried Pop Tarts are all parts junk food and incredible. Available in both strawberry or brown cinnamon pop tart varieties, the delicious pop tarts are served with a scoop of tasty ice cream and strawberry puree. Make sure to order some of their other junk food items, including deep fried Oreos, deep-fried Twinkies and their deep-fried Oatmeal Cream Pies.
5.) Wurstkuche’s Sausages and Fries
800 E 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Featuring over 20 options of sausages including classics like the Bockwurst (veal, pork & spices), as well as gourmet and exotic sausages, there’s plenty to choose from here. Add in some of their tasty Belgian fries to make for an especially great meal. Don’t forget to try out all the dipping sauces too!
6.) Cheesy Mac and Rib
The Grilled Cheese Truck
Serving up the entire LA metropolitan area with their grilled cheese sandwiches, The Grilled Cheese Truck is a must-visit for any Angeleno. This grilled cheese sandwich with ribs and mac and cheese takes everything to a new level. You’ll never be able to eat a plain grilled cheese sandwich again after eating this one.
7.) Animal Style Burger & Fries
9245 W Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
What’s better than a burger from In-N-Out? A burger and fries ‘Animal Style’ from In-N-Out. Adding extra spread and grilled onions, it takes your burger and fries to the next level.
8.) Fruity Pebble Donut Holes
Japanese Village Plaza
134 Japanese Village Plaza Mall
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Downtown LA’s Cafe Dulce sure knows how to kick it up a notch. Forget the regular donut. These donuts are served with fruity pebbles cereal on top. Or, you can choose from other junk food options like adding bacon.
9.) Mac & Cheese Pizza
2019 E 7th St
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Located in the Arts District of downtown LA, Pizzanista offers their the Mac & Cheese Pizza only on Sunday’s but it’s well worth it. The infamous pizza features tomato sauce, elbow macaroni, asiago fontina, cheddar and grana padano.
10.) Marie Antoinette’s Head-Let Them Eat Cake
Barton G The Restaurant
861 N La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Known for their creative displays of over-the-top culinary creations, Barton G takes it a step further with their Marie Antoinette’s Head-Let Them Eat Cake. This towering cotton candy pompadour comes complete with candies, and a bananas foster shake. Vanilla panna cotta, gianduja brownie, caramelized banana cream, and Chantilly top it off.
11.) Pastrami Fries
491 N Lake Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Your doctor won’t be thanking you anytime soon, but these fries lathered with pastrami on top are not to be missed. They are an essential L.A. junk food snack!
12.) Cereal Infused Ice Cream Scoops
528 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Yum! Looking for something a bit different than your usual ice cream scoops? Head over to Milk Tavern and get their cereal infused ice cream scoops. Many flavors also come infused with alcohol too! The shop also offers a colorful and incredibly delicious Cotton Candy Cereal Ice Cream Burrito.